THE PSYCHO-SITUATIONAL CORRELATES OF WORK EFFECTIVENESS OF POLICE OFFICERS IN THE NORTHEASTERN THAILAND
Pinpradit, N., National Research Council of Thailand, Thailand
This correlational-comparative study aims at examining the interaction between situational variables and psychological characteristics on work effectiveness of policemen. The sample consisted of 203 police officers from 51 police stations in 7 provinces from the northeastern part of Thailand. Important research findings are: (1) policemen with high achievement motivation, high future orientation, less favorable attitudes towards work, and high moral reasoning ability were the ones with high work effectiveness. (2) Policemen who received high work support from their wives, received high social support at work, and perceived high personality- work consonance were the ones with high work effectiveness. In addition, in police officers with Bachelor's degree or higher, two out of 12 predictors namely, achievement motivation and having role-model, together could account for 40% of the variance of the magnitude of their work effect. Thus, it can be recommended that psychological training program should be included in the police cadet training.